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Learn more about Germany.
Flag of Germany Germany
Population: 82,424,609 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Berlin
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An Introduction to Germany
As Europe's largest economy and most populous nation, Germany remains a key member of the continent's economic, political, and defense organizations. European power struggles immersed Germany in two devastating World Wars in the first half of the 20th century and left the country occupied by the victorious Allied powers of the US, UK, France, and the Soviet Union in 1945. With the advent of the Cold War, two German states were formed in 1949: the western Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the eastern German Democratic Republic (GDR). The democratic FRG embedded itself in key Western economic and security organizations, the EC, which became the EU, and NATO, while the Communist GDR was on the front line of the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact. The decline of the USSR and the end of the Cold War allowed for German unification in 1990. Since then, Germany has expended considerable funds to bring Eastern productivity and wages up to Western standards. In January 1999, Germany and 10 other EU countries introduced a common European exchange currency, the euro.

Germany map

Map of Germany ( Location ) : 51 00 N, 9 00 E, Central Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, between the Netherlands and Poland, south of Denmark. For additional reports and educational information specific to Germany, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The German Flag
Three equal horizontal bands of black (top), red, and gold.

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Facts
Some interesting facts and figures about Germany.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 0.02%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 75.56 yrs - Male
    • 81.68 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 54.35 million (2003)

Televisions:
    • 51.4 million (1998)

Radios:
    • 77,800,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .de

Did you know ... People from Germany are called Germans
 

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Data Source: Central Intelligence Agency 2004 World Factbook